Albemarle County Service Authority

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The Albemarle County Service Authority (ACSA) is the sole public retail provider of public water and sewer service in Albemarle County, serving areas designated by the Board of Supervisors[1].

In addition to retailing finished water and sewer collection services, ACSA constructs pumping stations and line extensions; purchases, connects, and upgrades private water systems; installs water supply and sewage collector systems; and inspects and maintains developer-contributed water delivery and sanitary sewage systems[1].

ACSA purchases its water and wastewater treatment services from the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority (RWSA), which operates the water and wastewater treatment plants, reservoirs and transmission and interceptor lines serving both ACSA and Charlottesville Water and Sewer Division customers.

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Service areas

ACSA serves customers in the urban ring of the County surrounding the Charlottesville, the Town of Scottsville, and the villages of Crozet, Hollymead and Rivanna. At June 30, 2009, ACSA served 16,670 connections, or an approximately 26,353 units[1], or an estimated 61,730 individual customers.[2]


ACSA is governed by a six-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

Board of Directors

Board meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month. All meetings are open to the public. Citizens are encouraged to provide comments and suggestions.

Board members serve four-year terms. The current board members are:

Former board members

See list of former members

Executive Director

The directors appoint an Executive Director to execute the policies and procedures set by the Board. Gary O'Connell was named Executive Director on May 1, 2010[3].

Gary Fern was the executive director of the Authority from March 2006 until his leave from the post on February 26, 2010[3]. Fern's predecessor, Bill Brent, held the position from February 1980 to March 2006.


ACSA was created by the Board of Supervisors in 1964, as enabled by the Virginia Water and Waste Authorities Act[1].

RWSA formation

In June 1973, the Authority joined Charlottesville in selling its water and sewer treatment and major distribution facilities to the RWSA. Two years later, the ACSA bought city-owned water and sewer lines and related equipment that had previously served county customers[1].

Main article: Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority

1977 mandated connection policy

The ACSA adopted a policy that required homes in the county's designated development area to be connected to sewer if it were possible. [4]

2009 connection fee increases

In August 2009 water and sewer connection fees (termed "system development fees") were $1,037 and $1,532, respectively. At their August 20 2009 meeting the board voted 5-1, with Martin in dissent, to raise fees for water and sewer connections an average of 13% effective September 1, 2009, with a further increase effective on March 1, 2010.[5].

New meters in 2019

The ACSA has been planning for many years to upgrade the metering infrastructure in order to improve the ability to track down leaks at the homes and businesses of ratepayers. The roll-out of the $6.4 million system will begin in 2020 with conversion expected to be complete in 2022. [6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Web. Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2009, Breeden, Lisa, Albemarle County Service Authority, 6 Nov. 2009, retrieved 1 Dec. 2009.
  2. E-mail to Sean Tubbs of Charlottesville Tomorrow from Gary Fern received on February 13, 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 Web. Charlottesville City Manager Gary O'Connell to lead Albemarle's water authority, Brian Wheeler, News Center, Charlottesville Tomorrow, January 28, 2010
  4. Web. County of Albemarle, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Minutes, Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, Albemarle County, January 12, 1977, retrieved July 15, 2019.
  5. Developers successfully lobby water authority to delay rate increases, Brian Wheeler and Tarpley Ashworth, Charlottesville Tomorrow, August 30, 2009.
  6. Web. County water meters set for tech upgrade, Allison Wrabel, Daily Progress, Lee Enterprises, October 26, 2019, retrieved October 27, 2019. Print. Octobere 27. 2019 page A1.

Contact information

168 Spotnap Road
Charlottesville, VA 22911

External Links

Albemarle County Service Authority website